By: Sharon Aron Baron

The Miami Dolphins hosted the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football at their team practice where they could learn tips from the veterans and the rookies. 

Along with giving them a tour of the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, the team also heard from Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman, President & CEO Tom Garfinkel about leadership and teamwork.

MSD Head Football Coach Willis May said that from day one, the whole Dolphins organization’s been by far the best to us than anybody could be and have done so much.

“They’ve put on youth camps for our little kids. They’ve come into our practices and spoke to our team. Just so much. We can’t be thankful enough to them. This is a good day spent. Good day for our kids to be able to sit here and watch their idols and guys they look up to and watch how they work.”

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill meets with MSDHS Football. Courtesy Miami Dolphins

The Stoneman Douglas football team, made up of players from Coral Springs and Parkland, also had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice and meet with current players on the field. Following practice, the athletes had lunch provided by Publix.

The Junior Dolphins program encourages youth players and coaches to teach, learn and play football in a fun and safe environment. The Junior Dolphins program is designed to give kids access to learn the fundamentals of football using the NFL’s top resources. To grow the game, the Junior Dolphins program will work to educate coaches, parents and youth on the health and safety of football with a strong emphasis on character development. Junior Dolphins is building the next generation of Dolphins Fans.

“It means the world to us to come do what we love and watch football. We got to pick up on stuff from the vets and these rookies. It’s just great to come out here and learn,” Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sophomore center/guard Gage Gaynor said. “We really appreciate the Dolphins, because they’ve come and talked to us a couple times and they’ve really been there for us.”

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Parkland Talk. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.